James A. Peterson

James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, is a sports medicine consultant who resides in Monterey, California. A fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, he was a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1971 to 1990. From 1990 to 1995, he served as the director of sports medicine for StairMaster Sports/Medical Products, Inc. He has written or coauthored over 80 books and more than 200 articles on a variety of sports, health, and wellness topics. He holds two FDA-approved patents on back pain management measures. Since 1997, he has been a contributing editor to ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal (“Take 10” column). He served as the coeditor of the second, third, and fourth editions of ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines. He has appeared on several national television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, and ABC’s Nightline. Since 1992, he has served as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Jim and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 40 years.